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Breast Care Support Group
Freedom From Smoking
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Look Good--Feel Better Program
Patient Library
Reach to Recovery
Stretch
T.O.U.C.H. Program

Breast Care Support Group

The Breast Case Support Group meets monthly at the Breast Care Center and is designed to provide education and support for our breast cancer survivors. There is no cost to attend the meetings and lunch is served each meeting.

Freedom From Smoking

Freedom From Smoking is a program developed by the American Lung Association and offered at Princeton Baptist Medical Center to help people stop smoking. Using a trained facilitator, it is a systematic approach to quitting, and helps participants make the progressive journey from awareness of the smoking habit to actual behavior change. With a group session approach, all participants go through this progression at the same time. This has been found to be most effective for successful quitting.

Recognizing smoking to be a learned behavior, the focus of the program is positive. It emphasizes the benefits to health, mastery of one’s own life, financial benefits of quitting and more. The activities and assignments show smokers how to change their behavior, rather than focusing on the health aspects of “dirty lungs,” scare tactics and disease discussion. Freedom From Smoking also gives participants maintenance strategies to help them stay smoke free.

Session Information

The format for the program consists of eight sessions, including an orientation session, that run over an eight week period. Sessions are held at weekly intervals except for Sessions 3 and 4 which are two days apart. Session 3 is considered “Quit Day” for all participants, so Session 4 is a short term follow-up to assist in success of the attempt to quit. The sessions are 45 minutes to an hour depending on the session’s activities. Group interaction is the critical part of the program, so some activities require more time than others. Groups are usually not larger than 16 participants. If there are 17 or more participants two smaller groups will be created and sessions held separately. No smoking is allowed at the sessions. The sessions are as follows:

Orientation Session – questions and answers about the program, readiness to quit
Session One – develop group participation, recognition of smoking behaviors, health benefits of quitting
Session Two - focus on motivation and conditioning, understanding nicotine addiction
Session Three – participants sign a contract to quit for two days, instruction for nicotine replacement given
Session Four – held two days after “Quit Day,” discussion of transition to non-smoking
Session Five - emphasizes launching a new life style, tips for long-term quitting
Session Six - assertive communication tools, introduce importance of exercise
Session Seven – group celebration, fun event, relapse prevention

There is a $100 non-refundable fee for the program. Participants who want to quit smokng and “buy into the process” through financial commitment are greatly motivated. The fee is collected at the orientation session.

The program has also been adapted into individual smoking cessation counseling sessions which are now covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Eight sessions per year are covered with a minimum of four at weekly increments and an attempt to quit smoking. If the participant is not able to quit after the four sessions, this is considered a failed attempt. After a one week waiting period, the patient may attempt again with four more sessions of counseling covered by the insurance. The same information and methods outlined above are covered in the counseling sessions.

Griffin Pharmacy
Griffin Pharmacy is an on site pharmacy located in Professional Office Building III. Their services include custom prescription compounding, home medical equipment; incontinent care products, home oxygen therapy and wound care supplies as well as a full service pharmacy. Staffed with certified pharmacists and caring professionals, they provide custom fitting of specialty items for breast cancer patients as well as Durable Medical Supplies. For more information, call 1-877-222-7847.

Look Good-Feel Better
Look Good-Feel Better is a program for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy to learn to cope with the appearance-related side effects of treatment and regain a sense of self-confidence and control over their lives. Group sessions with specially trained cosmetologists are available that provide education, information and support.

Each patient learns how to enhance his/her appearance using make-up techniques. Complimentary cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry are used during the program and given to the patient for home use. Patients also learn how to disguise hair loss using wigs, turbans, scarves and various accessories. Princeton Baptist provides these free programs quarterly.

Patient Library
Free publications on cancer, diet, smoking cessation, treatment and cancer support are available. Different subjects on videotape are available. Our cancer library is located in Professional Office Building III; enter through the Baptist Breast Care Center at Princeton lobby.

Reach to Recovery-The American Cancer Society supports this program with breast cancer survivors who contact a current breast cancer patient to lend support.

Stretch-an exercise program for post-breast surgery or mastectomy patients. Meets weekly at the Cancer Center. For more information contact

T.O.U.C.H. (Today Our Understanding of Cancer is Hope)
TOUCH is a support group for cancer patients and their families. It provides information in a relaxed setting for patients and family members to talk about their experiences. Meetings are held monthly. For more information, call 1-877-222-7847. TOUCH meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.

For more information about any of our support programs please call 783-7484 or 1-877-222-7847

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